Last season was one for the record books for Cambridge Christian, which earned a program-best 8-2 overall record and was led by senior quarterback Garrett Young, who threw for 2,313 yards and 27 touchdowns while setting every passing record at the school.
This year, however, Cambridge Christian has new district opponents and a new quarterback under center, which could be a challenge to a team looking for its first playoff berth.
"We're really hopeful that that group of seniors especially laid the foundation for our younger guys to really build on that," coach Bob Dare said. "We graduated 13 seniors from last years team … So we have some pretty big shoes to fill."
Running back Andrew Cunningham, the Lancers' main threat on the ground last season, will return, but the Lancers have a fresh face in the role of quarterback. Sophomores Jaylin Jackson and Caleb Young have been taking reps, but Dare said Jackson will likely be the regular starter once the season starts.
"Jaylin did more throwing and Caleb did more running," Dare said, "but they're both capable of doing both."
Last season, the Lancers finished third in the district behind Indian Rocks Christian and Northside Christian, missing their first playoff berth by just one spot. After redistricting, both of those schools are no longer in 2A-5, but Dare knows quite well that his Lancers still have lofty competition standing in their way of the postseason.
"I know we're in a competitive district. I know what's on the other side," Dare said. "But we're really hopeful that we're not going to miss a beat, that these younger guys will all step up."
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